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Halloween Party Ideas for Kids 
Oct. 15, 2012 10:46 am 
Updated: Mar. 1, 2015 8:44 am
Having a Halloween party for your kids is simple with Allrecipes. There are numerous Halloween recipes on the site. I have tried many of them and they have always been well received. I have tried some new ones, this year, with Karo syrup and Pillsbury crescent rolls that I have been equally impressed by. All else that is needed is some decorating and entertaining ideas or games. I am posting a few here to get you started on the fun!

Here are some of my favorite Allrecipes Halloween foods (Some pictures are below that, I have taken of a few of those recipes):








Once the recipes are picked out and planned the next thing to think about are the decorations. Many can be made at home very simply and there are lots of on-line sites to help with that.

Some of my favorite decorations include:

Pumpkins – Pumpkins are great to decorate tables or walk-ways in all sorts of shapes and colors. A trip to a pumpkin patch, a farmer’s market, or even the local grocery store, during the fall, will yield all sorts of fun fall and halloween decorations for the porch, outdoors, and tables. If using jack-o-lanterns make sure to use battery operated candle lights, which are so much safer during a party, and work very well.

Spooky Spider Webbing – Cotton webbing is very easy to find and can be purchased very cheaply. I have seen it for a dollar a bag. Many times it also comes with mini fake spiders. Stretch the cotton pieces and wrap around chandeliers or other light fixtures. It also looks neat wrapped around punch or other large bowls on the food table.

Setting the Food Table - Simple table cloths like a black ones will really make cotton webbing or other colors stand out. Discount home goods stores offer lots of options for table cloths, runners, and other Halloween decorations. With the inspirational sites I posted below many items, especially retro decorating items, might actually be easily found right in the home. I keep a large storage container to collect decorations over the years, which every year really helps with the cost. Of course don't forget the paper and plastic plates, cups, silverware, and napkins. A wide variety of durable and decorative styles are now available from whole sale clubs, party stores, or most any place Halloween supplies are sold.

Halloween Branches – This is another popular and easy one. Collect thin long branches outside. There should be plenty in the fall that have fallen. Lay some newspaper outside on the ground and spray paint the branches black. Let dry and then arrange in tall heavy vases. I have also seen a trend now to paint them silver.

Halloween Cut-Outs – Sift through your cookie cutters and pull out the Halloween ones. If you don’t have any, they can be purchased very cheaply. One of my favorite places to find holiday cookie cutters is Sur la Table. They have a variety of metal ones for a dollar or less each. Bats, work especially well, but so do raven like birds, mice, or other rodents. Trace the pattern onto thick paper like cardstock. Black is a popular choice. Cut out the bat or bird images, that have wings, and attach a few to fishing line, or other invisible like string, with tape and hang from the windows. This same concept also works in the yard with life-sized witch, cat, cauldrons, or other favorite image. They really pop, on the lawn, when lit up with solar spot lights at night. Life sized images can be bought, but if time permits can be made so much more affordably.

Here are some other websites for excellent inspiration on creative decorating:




Lastly, plan things for guests to do during the party. Some simple entertaining or game ideas are:

Music – Music helps set the mood at any party. I find that it is best to go on-line and make a mix of favorite Halloween songs. Movie sound tracks have some good ones. The music works well for party games also.

A Halloween Costume Contest - With different themes and small prizes.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt – Draw pictures of pumpkins or your favorite Halloween characters on thick paper or cardstock. Hide them in the house for really young children or outside for older kids. Do the separate one for the youngest kids that is less strategic. The concept is like an Easter egg hunt. They can turn them in for candy or prizes.

Pass the Pumpkin – This game works like hot potato. It works fine in a large living room or family room type space. Sit in a large circle and pass a pumpkin around until the Halloween music stops. A small sugar pumpkin works best for this. Too large and it will be difficult for young children to pass it around. The last person left wins a prize.

Candy Corn in a Jar – The old-fashioned guess how many are in the jar is always a simple thing to set out near the food table. Leave a paper and pen taped to the table. Have them guess how many and write their name on the paper. At the end of the night the winner gets a prize. Little children may need help with the writing part.

Halloween Bingo – There are on-line sites where Halloween bingo cards can be printed out with a simple search. Candy corn can be used as bingo chips. This game works well as the images can be recognized by all ages. Candy can be used as prizes.

*These are just a few ideas that will allow anyone to be involved in the festivities. There are many other games and ideas that are more age specific on-line or specifically for adults. Whether, the events will be held indoors, outdoors, or both, will also allow for other varying activities to be planned too. Don't be afraid to recruit help from your little ones in the planning and time involved. However, most important of all remember to do what you can afford and have time to get done, have fun, be safe, and enjoy your Halloween.

I, Holiday Baker, am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I'm not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Product received from this month's advertisers Karo and Pillsbury are only used for experience based reviews on the Allrecipes site. The reviews, content, and thoughts expressed in this blog are purely my sole opinions.

Thank you for reading.

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Oct. 15, 2012 3:02 pm
Wow!! Great recipes, great game ideas, great blog...thanks for the info...Happy Holloween!
Oct. 15, 2012 3:16 pm
Good job!
Oct. 15, 2012 3:17 pm
Thanks, Cliff and Paula, still trying to get ahold of this blog stuff.
Oct. 15, 2012 3:28 pm
Great blog! We don't usually have a party now that the kids are out of the house, but it's still fun to decorate & have some seasonal food on the table just for fun.
Oct. 15, 2012 3:43 pm
I agree with that, Elle!
Oct. 16, 2012 3:20 am
You packed a lot of great info/tips into your blog; nicely done, Sarah!
Oct. 16, 2012 3:20 am
(Oh yeah, and the food looks great, too!)
Oct. 16, 2012 5:46 am
Hey BB! We do not celebrate Halloween but I love this time of the year. I love to see decorative fall items; colorful leaves, mums, pumpkins, bail of hay. It's knowing that summer heat and humidity is gone. I love to go to the mountains this time of year too! So beautiful! Great photos!
Oct. 16, 2012 8:59 am
Hello lovetohost thank you. I used to do daycare and have actually done pretty much all of the things I listed. I was lucky enough to find that, I still had the information saved and could just type it out easily. Me to luv2cook. I don't have kids as of now, but I really love fall. It's the colors, the smells, the activities, and most of all baking again because I can turn on the oven!
Oct. 16, 2012 10:41 am
I love the pass the pumpkin game! I'll be using that in the future--thanks!
Oct. 16, 2012 1:08 pm
YW, the kids love it! So much safer than musical chairs. : )
Oct. 19, 2012 6:22 pm
Great job Sarah!
Oct. 20, 2012 5:15 am
BB, wonderful tips for a party and your food looks so great. I haven't thrown a Halloween party in over 20 years, but you inspire me.
Oct. 23, 2012 10:57 am
Thanks, Peggi and Sherri.
Nov. 5, 2012 11:24 am
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Feb. 11, 2013 12:45 am
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I have been a member with a profile since 2007, but was scoping the site many years before that printing recipes. It was a life saver in college and continues to be well used today, as my eating habits change. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree. I also received a certification in Culinary Arts & Baking and Pastry making, from a local community college, to fullfill a long lived interest.
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We had quite a few growing up. Too many to mention. Now, I enjoy finding new recipes, to make each year, to take to holiday parties. I have a few recipe boxes, one which is just for holidays, which keeps expanding. That is when I spend the time making a layered cake, cheesecake, cookies, or just a new fun holiday recipe sweet or savory. I save them during the year as I find them.
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As a child it was baking and decorating dozens of Christmas cookies, each year, at my grandmas. Currently, it is all my ever growing knowledge in cooking and baking and becoming an Allrecipes Allstar. Here is a video I was a part of, one year, for Kahlua and Allrecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/video/4106/kahlua-coffee-break/detail.aspx
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